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Vikings trade standout DE Yannick Ngakoue to Ravens after six games

Yannick Ngakoue is on the move again.

Less than two months after he was traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Minnesota Vikings, the former Pro Bowl defensive end is being sent to the Baltimore Ravens in a deal, the Vikings announced Thursday.

The Ravens are sending the Vikings a third-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2022, per multiple reports.

The Vikings sent a second-round pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2022 to land Ngakoue from the Jaguars in late August. 

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) looks on in the first quarter during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Minneapolis. (Photo: David Berding, AP)

Ngakoue is tied for fourth in the NFL with four sacks, but the Vikings stand at 1-5 and rank 28th in total defense with 413.7 yards per game. He is set to become a free agent in 2021 after playing this year on the franchise tag. As part of the trade from the Jaguars to the Vikings, he agreed to reduce his salary from $17.788 million to $12 million.

Ngakoue, 25, has 42 1/2 sacks in four and a half seasons.

In Baltimore, the Washington D.C. native and University of Maryland gets to return close to home. Ngakoue joins a front seven that includes standout defensive end Calais Campbell, his former teammate in Jacksonville, as well as Pro Bowl outside linebacker Matthew Judon. The Ravens are tied for second in the NFL with 22 sacks through six games.

The NFL's trade deadline is on Nov. 3.

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